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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: The Skateboard Model for Children and Youth

Gain the knowledge and skills to use an evidence-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) model designed in a way that is fun and engaging for children and youth.



Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a longstanding, evidence-based, here and now talking therapy that works awesomely with children, youth and their whānau. The Skateboard Model was designed by facilitator, Nikki Coleman and her colleague Tania Cargo in 2006, adapted from Padesky’s five-part model. It is a great tool and metaphor to engage children and youth, helping them to understand their troubling issues and giving them tools that can help. Prior knowledge and training in CBT is beneficial but not a requirement.

Overview & Learning Intentions

  • Overview of CBT

  • Learn about an inspiring CBT model to use in any setting

  • Collect a kete of action, thinking and body tools

  • Watch the model in action and practice it yourself

  • Explore the developmental and cultural potential of the model

  • Learn to apply the model to depression, anger and anxiety 


Let’s Get Real Skills

  • Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

  • Working with whānau

  • Maintaining professional and personal development


Facilitated my Nikki Coleman


Nikki is a registered social worker and cognitive behaviour therapist with 25 years’ experience in the area of youth mental health, and has worked at Youth Specialty Services in Auckland and Christchurch. She currently has a private practice helping children, youth, their families and adults develop skills to reduce anxiety, depression, self-esteem, eating, anger and many other problem areas in their life with a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy model of intervention. Additionally Nikki is a clinical advisor with Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa providing consultation to communities in the area of suicide postvention.


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)
Catering: Refreshments and light lunch provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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